11 Fastest Growing Blue Collar Jobs

10. Industrial machinery mechanics

Projected growth: 18

Average salary:

Industrial machinery mechanics maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery. Their main duty is to detect malfunctions, discover the source of the problem and remove it. Today, they often rely on the help of computerized diagnostic systems, which makes their work much easier and faster. In order to become an industrial machinery mechanic, you need high school diploma and a year or more of on-job-training or practical knowledge gained in a technical school.

If you want to find a job as an industrial machinery mechanics, you might try your luck in Wyoming, Alabama, and Iowa, the states with the highest concentration of jobs for the occupation. Or you can go to top-paying states Alaska, Hawaii, and California.

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